VICSES respond to around 20,000 requests for assistance as a result of storms each year. Much of the damage has been the result of tree branches, trampolines, outdoor furniture or other loose items such as roof tiles becoming flying projectiles in strong winds. Flooding due to blocked drains, cars damaged while parked under trees and falling overhanging branches are some of the other major causes of preventable damage during a storm.
What to do in a storm
Plan & Prepare
- Check that loose items are secured (outdoor furniture, trampolines).
- Check that gutters, down-pipes and drains for blockages if safe to do so.
- Relocate vehicles away from trees.
- Prepare an Emergency Plan or Kit.
- Stay indoors and away from windows.
- If outdoors, shelter away from drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
- Be prepared for power outages.
- Floodwater is dangerous - never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.
- Floodwater is toxic - never play or swim in floodwater.
- Check your home and property for damage.
- Keep clear of damaged building, power lines and trees.
- Be aware of road hazards such as floodwater, debris and damaged roads or bridges.
- Do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary.
In a life threatening emergency call '000'.
- Storm emergency assistance, call the SES on 132 500 or visit the Victorian SES StormSafe website.
- Current weather warnings visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.
- Live traffic conditions including closures and alerts visit the VicRoads website.
The VicEmergency App is the official Victorian Government app for access to community information and warnings for all types of emergencies in Victoria.
Power Outage Guide
The Victorian Government has produced a guide to coping with power outages, including information on food safety.
Report a Hazard
If you come across a tree down or any other hazard (such as debris) on a local road, please let Council know by calling 03 5832 9700.
To report a hazard or tree down on a road managed by VicRoads road, call 13 11 70.